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Saturday, August 14, 2010

call me

The Gig wants a mobile (cell) phone.  Pacino and I have told her that she has to wait until she's at secondary school, in about eighteen months.  But she wants one now.

Last week, on the public holiday, we took the kids out for lunch.  It was a lovely meal, apart from being completely bombarded with phone talk by Miss Eleven.  (It's a safety thing, Mum, if you're ever late picking me up; it's so I can let you know if I have something on after school; it's so blah blah blah...)  Her arguments were actually very well-reasoned and carefully thought out.

Which made her all the more surprised when we still said no!

I did, jokingly, offer her a phone like my mum's - ie, very basic, no camera, no internet access - you get the picture.  But no.  Apparently, that would be more embarrassing than not owning a phone at all.  

Basically, the Gig wants a phone for the show-off factor.

So we finished lunch, came home and relaxed.  I  picked up the Gig's handbag, and, curious about why it was so full, yet so light, opened it.  Inside was Ellie, the Gig's beloved soft elephant which she has had since babyhood.  And nothing else.

That's right, folks.  The same pre-teen who so desperately wants a phone is the same little girl who still takes her Ellie with her at times.

A phone?  Not yet, I think.


  1. That is so sweet. She'll live without a phone, although she'll try to convince you otherwise.

    Good luck and give me your phone number because I've got two and I'll need some advice when they are the Gig's age. ;0)

  2. Aw! I didn't get a cell phone until I started driving at 16. But thats mostly because I got lost easily and after one time of getting lost and not being able to contact my parents , they decided I really needed one. LOL. I think I'll do the same for my kids either when they go to high school or when they start driving. I'll see what the need is. Good Luck! Kids can have good arguments. ;)

  3. It amazes me how many 9 and 10 year olds have phones where I work. I do think it's each parent's choice...but my kids won't have any until I feel they're ready.